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Amy Gross and Christian Ramos, both fourth-grade teachers at Lenicia B. Weemes Elementary School near USC, proudly display abstract shapes they created from paper plates to find the center of mass — just one example of a fun and inexpensive classroom project they can use to engage and inspire their students in STEM subjects. Photos by Susan Bell.

Springboard to Teaching STEM

March 21, 2013

Like divers, 60 teachers, magnet coordinators and principals from the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) lifted their arms high over their heads and flexed their knees as if preparing to plunge from imaginary…

USC Dornsife undergraduate twins Jazmin (left) and Cynthia Vidana teach children to read through the Joint Educational Project (JEP). Photo by Carlos Puma.

Naming Gift for JEP Library

March 19, 2013

Marking the first naming of a space in the JEP House, the Tesoriero family has designated funds from their USC Associates Provost-level membership to advance this community-based program. The Tesoriero’s gift will…

Trio of Trojans

The Trojan Trio

September 6, 2012

The Kott family has held seats at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum for 60 years.   However, William, Paul and Krystin Kott share more than this connection. They represent three generations of Trojans who embrace the…

USC Dornsife alumna Parita Shah, vice president at APCO Worldwide, credits her parents for her passion for politics and public service. During the course of her career, she has worked for Bill Clinton, Barack Obama and Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, among others. Last fall, she spent two months in Beijing as the senior adviser to the newly appointed U.S. Ambassador to China Gary Locke. Photo courtesy of Parita Shah.

A Dream Realized

June 11, 2012

Parita Shah was a freshman in high school when then-Arkansas Gov. Bill Clinton announced in 1991 he would run for president. Shah, whose parents emigrated from India, monitored the presidential race closely on the…

Actress and USC Dornsife student America Ferrera speaks to students in professor Steven Lamy's international relations class about celebrity diplomacy — how those in the public sphere use their influence to bring attention to global issues. Ferrera has partnered with organizations such as Save the Children to raise funds to build a school in Diassadeni, Mali. Photo by Michelle Salzman.

From Actress to Activist

May 23, 2012

In 2002, when America Ferrera was a freshman studying international relations in USC Dornsife, she was torn between two possible career paths. At the time she had just appeared in two feature films: Real Women Have Curves and…

USC Dornsife alumna Erica Silva, who graduated with a B.A. in political science in December 2011, has been recognized by the USC Latino Alumni Association with the 2012 John R. Hubbard Award for her work to improve opportunities for Latino students.

USC Dornsife Alumna Receives 2012 John R. Hubbard Award

May 10, 2012

As USC Norman Topping Student Aid Fund’s outreach coordinator, USC Dornsife undergraduate Erica Silva noticed a disturbing trend in local high schools. “Many students don’t have the information they need to…

Young Scientists Program: Energy and Motion

Eye-Opening Science

May 9, 2012

Fourth-grader Zakar Martin cut a lemon in half. He pushed a nail into the squishy side of one half and a penny into the other half of the fruit’s pulpy side. Then he clamped one end of a wire to the copper penny and the…

All-Star Students

All-Star Students

May 3, 2012

Genevieve Hoffman: Woman of International Mastery by Diane Krieger Condi Rice, look out. Here comes Genevieve P. Hoffman. The Class of 2012 valedictorian has what it takes to make tidal waves in Washington, D.C., according…

USC President C. L. Max Nikias visits Norwood Elementary

President Nikias Visits a Young Scientists Program Lab

February 8, 2012

During USC President C. L. Max Nikias’s recent visit to USC Family of Schools site Norwood Street Elementary, one highlight was a stop at a classroom that houses the Young Scientists Program (YSP). Under the auspices of…

As many as 35 Vermont Avenue Elementary School students participated in the USC Young Scientists Program, under the auspices of USC Dornsife's Joint Educational Project and made possible through the   Lisa and Douglas Goldman Fund. Photos by Pamela J. Johnson.

JEP Nurtures 'Green Ambassadors'

June 10, 2011

The word sustainability doesn’t always roll off the tongues of 10-year-olds. Likewise, the concept of sustainable living — a lifestyle meant to reduce society’s use of the Earth’s natural resources…